Substance abuse is on the rise in America, most notably with the opioid epidemic. Although there may be trends in the form of drug abuse by demographic, substance use disorders in general affect people from all races, economic statuses, and health situations. Developing this disorder has nothing to do with having a character flaw or moral weakness. Your life may even appear stable from the outside. No matter what your circumstances look like, the important thing is admitting “I need rehab” and finding the right treatment to get you into long-term recovery.
Common Signs of a Substance Use Disorder
How do you know if you, a family member, or a friend is struggling with addiction and in need of professional help? The most common signs, regardless of substance use type, are as follows:
- Needing a higher quantity of the drug to produce the desired effects
- Spending lots of money on securing the drug of choice
- Spending lots of time using the substance
- Engaging in risky, illegal, or harmful behaviors
- Going through changes in personality, mood, behavior, and/or physical health
- Experiencing withdrawals
- Continuing usage despite adverse consequences
- Being unable to quit/relapsing
Immediate symptoms during or after use, such as agitation or altered speech, will depend on the substance taken.
Obstacles to Treatment
Despite making the healthy choice to get into recovery, you may find it to be more difficult than expected. You may face any of these obstacles that can deter you from even trying or causing you to give up:
- Withdrawal Symptoms: You may have already tried sobering up on your own and felt like a failure when you were unable to stay clean. Withdrawal symptoms are powerful and take more than mere willpower to overcome. Medication may be necessary to get through it, as well as medical support to ensure your safety. Enduring such a challenging ordeal may not sound appealing.
- Cost of Treatment: Unfortunately, drug treatment can be expensive, especially if your insurance does not cover any of it or you do not have insurance at all.
- Shame: Shame is another strong emotion and plays such an influential role in the cycle of addiction. Although you want to recover, you may feel shame in even having this struggle, let alone in opening up to loved ones and strangers alike about it.
- Availability of Resources: You may be physically, financially, and emotionally prepared to enter rehab only to find limited resources in your immediate area. You may have to be willing to travel or look at options in a different state, which can add to the cost.
How to Get into Drug Rehab
First, do some research on the facilities available to you. Look at what kind of programs they offer and what approach they take to recovery. For example, you may want a place that focuses on co-occurring disorders, one that involves family, one that has numerous amenities, or one that is for only women or only men. Make sure the facility is accredited and the staff has proper certification and licensing.
Finding this all out on your own can be overwhelming. You can request referrals from your doctor, a treatment specialist, or people you know who have gone through rehab. When you find options that seem like a good fit, contact them to receive more information. You will have to give personal information of your own in order for the staff to give you accurate answers and relevant treatment suggestions. Be courageous and honest so you can get the most appropriate help for your case.
Ask about cost and health insurance coverage, keeping in mind that pricing is not necessarily indicative of quality. Ask anything else you want to know. Vague responses or refusals to answer are red flags.
Once you decide on a rehab center and register, you will undergo a comprehensive intake process that includes numerous examinations. This step is vital in formulating an effective treatment plan for the highest chance of success.
Treatment Options Commonly Available
Start searching for help right here at Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare Assessment Center. We offer evaluation services to provide you with a diagnosis and treatment options. Examples include detox, outpatient (staying at home during the night), and inpatient (living full-time at the facility). Each has its pros and cons, so contact us to learn more about which is right for you.